KING KING ~ Reaching For The Light U.K. Autumn Tour


There’s a definite buzz surrounding King King’s highly anticipated third studio album, “Reaching For The Light”. At a time when the shuffled playlist holds sway, along come nine hot tracks that defy you to press skip.

In 2015, “Reaching For The Light” is the main event. Released Monday 4th May on Manhaton Records, this third studio album is set to rubber-stamp King King’s status as the boldest creative force in the game, and dashes the hopes of rivals out to take their crown.

“We’re really proud of this album,” says front man Alan Nimmo. “It’s faster, louder, more energetic and more exciting. It’s got the potential to blow the roof off.”

Listen to Hurricane nad in the eye of the storm get your tickets for a show or two King King NEVER diasappoint!

LONDON JAZZ CAFÉ – Wednesday 6th May 2015
Tickets: £16.00 / Box Office: 0207 485 6834

Reaching For The Light U.K. Autumn Tour

BURTON UPON TRENT, BREWHOUSE – Wednesday 21st October 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898

HARPENDEN, PUBLIC HALLS – Friday 23rd October 2015
Box Office: 01582 767525 or Book Online: Gig Cartel

TAVISTOCK, THE WHARF – Saturday 24th October 2015
Box Office: 01822 611166 or Book Online: HERE

Sunday 25th October 2015
Box Office: 024 765 72777 or Book Online: HERE

Tuesday 27th October 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

Thursday 29th October 2015
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Friday 30th October 2015
Box Office: 01200 421599 or Book Online: HERE

Saturday 31st October 2015
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Book Online:
16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT

Sunday 1st November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

CHESTERFIELD, REAL TIME LIVE – Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

HULL, FRUIT – Wednesday 4th November 2015
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FROME, CHEESE AND GRAIN – Friday 6th November 2015
Box Office: 01373 455420 or Book Online: HERE

SHOREHAM, ROPETACKLE ARTS – Saturday 7th November 2015
Box Office: 01273 455992 or Book Online: HERE

BROMSGROVE, ARTRIX – Thursday 12th November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

SALE, WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE – Friday 13th November 2015
Box Office: 0161 912 5616 or Book Online: HERE

MORECAMBE, THE PLATFORM – Saturday 14th November 2015
Box Office: 0844 478 0898 or Book Online: HERE

SHREWSBURY, THEATRE SEVEN – Sunday 15th November 2015
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Read Bluesdoodles Interview with Alan Nimmo HERE


Bluesdoodles Snippets March 2015

Pink Floyd March’s Pink Floyd release anniversaries are concluded with 1994’s The Division Bell
Dan Patlansky is delighted that the UK’s Planet Rock Radio will start playing the Backbite single from Monday March 30. Listen to the station online at CLICK FOR LINK Find out about this on Dan’s Facebook – like and share would be so appreciated Go To Page
Laura Marling with support from Gill Landry TOUR DATES
Joe Satriani announces Special Guest Dan Patlansky for November UK Tour
GFI Promotions in association with RUF Records Tours announced click teh artist names to find out more – Laurence JonesSamantha FishDana FuchsBlues Caravan
Thoughts from Barry Marshall-everitt from House of Mercy RadioREAD
Ian Siegal starts his U.K. 17th March in Chester TOUR DATES
King King supported by Laurence Jones tour continues been a sell-out success so far TOUR DATES
Whitesnake – A dedicated Whitesnake Stormbringer radio single web page – DOWNLOAD the single in either Mp3 or WAV format and view the Stormbringer music video. Stormbringer is the first single taken from the upcoming Whitesnake album, “The Purple Album” released in the UK on May 18th via Frontiers Music SRL.
Ian SiegalOne Night In Amsterdam release date 9th March – REVIEW
Crosby Stills and Nash announces tour September 2015 TOUR DATES
Jimmy Page annoyed read why – Classic Rock TELLS
Amy Wadge hitting the headlines – No 1 In USA thanks To ED Sherran and the song she co-wrote Read All about it
Joe Bonamassa – blew the house down at last night’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo gig. Joe plays the Apollo on Thursday March 19, Friday March 20 and Saturday March 21. @Noble PR

Gig: King King with support from Laurence Jones The Globe, Cardiff

King King - The Globe - March 2015 -  5 - _0094lKing King with support from Laurence Jones
The Globe, Cardiff

Laurence Jones - The Globe - March 2015 -  5 - _0107lThe Globe was full the scene was set and Laurence Jones stepped on-stage to a resounding cheer, he just keeps getting better and better, his vocals soar above the impeccable guitar sound he produces on every song, what a fabulous young artist. The rhythm section provides not just a solid base but artistry and a depth of sound that bounces off the dancing fingers of Laurence over the frets. Roger Inniss is becoming a double act with Laurence as they bounce of each other’s music and the cheeky watching over Laurence’s shoulder adds such entertainment value that you are entranced by both of the dancing hands across their chosen guitars. Miri Miettinen the drummer all the way from Finland is the perfect backdrop for the extroverts up front with a perfect tempo and drumming that has texture and form counterbalancing the dancing melodies from Laurence. Tonight we heard something new, something old and definitely something blue with Good Morning Blues the Leadbelly number he will be playing at the Leadbelly festival on the 15th June in the Albert Hall. The tempo went down with an inspiring and emotionally drenched version of Whisper in The Wind, from his album Temptation dedicating the number to Tony his beloved uncle and were we in for a bass moment of magic thanks to Roger and his six-string. We heard stories as he engaged the audience with his youthful exuberance to life and above all guitar playing as delivered whether playing Hendrix or his own tracks like Stop Moving The House.
Laurence Jones - The Globe - March 2015 -  5 - _0055lForty minutes were far too short for this band and a young man whose stage presence is growing in stature along with his vocal tone they are still playing second fiddle to his dazzling guitar playing, his fans will stay loyal and new ones were made tonight. With all the touring he is planning in 2015 I know he will be back in Wales on 10th July at Beaufort Theatre so a chance to see a longer set full of his soon released album, Whats It Gonna Be. For the rest of the tour dates see the TOUR.

What a fabulous energizing set that warmed The Globe as the packed house were pumped up with adrenalin fuelled music still pumping through their veins and now a breather before King King conquers Cardiff.

King King - The Globe - March 2015 -  5 - _0138lThe venue was hot, packed noisy and excited as the multi-ward winning, and undoubtedly one of the best British blues bands on the current scene, the foursome were off ready to entertain. They started with a storm in the shape of Hurricane from their forthcoming third album Reaching For The Light, available for pre-purchase while they are on the current tour. This was pure King King combo with Lindsay Coulson playing bass guitar accentuating Alan’s scintillating guitar chords, the distinctive crescendo of cymbal and drum combination delivered with poise and control by Wayne Proctor the granite bed rock of the band this duo deliver every time picking up the tempo and creating perfect shapes for the music. This is then melded together and developed with layers of colour with the combination of Bob Fridzema’s skills with his hands skipping across the keyboard and the dancing feet across the pedals as the sound soared up high and across this old cinema. Up front the fourth link in the musical puzzle that is King King Alan Nimmo with his harmonious and powerful vocals that makes the words sing whether on tracks like More Than I can Take with its funky edge or ballads and the guitar playing is six-stringed enchantment.King King - The Globe - March 2015 -  5 - _0287l

King King - The Globe - March 2015 -  5 - _0057lTonight we heard rock/blues that is King King’s special interpretation of the blues that is sharp and modern, every album has had a different sound and the third album has an edgy heavier sound, this is the combination of drums played by Wayne with considered purpose so that ever drum beat adds to the musical story unfolding across the tracks complex rhythms and delightful fills from his cymbals, he never dominates but is always present. This creates a slightly more menacing sound at times and certainly adds excitement on tracks like You Stopped The Rain dedicated to Alan’s brother Stevie. The musical interplay between the four musicians is a joy to behold this is entertainment and stagecraft fused together so that whether you are hearing tracks for the first time or repeatedly they always have a special captivating energy. Alan Nimmo knows that with a twinkle in his eye, a swirl of his Red Kilt he has all our attention and then with a deft pluck of the strings, caress of the fret and that mellow Glasgow accent he has everyone eating out of his palm. When he sings we have the luscious cherry on top of the sweetest musical cake that is for me simply perfection when he sings Frankie Miller’s Jealousy, the audience agreed as you could cut the atmosphere with a knife, it is so powerful as it connects to your musical backbone my King King moment of the night. King King - The Globe - March 2015 -  5 - _0061l
King King - The Globe - March 2015 -  5 - _0105lTonight they delivered a stunning set that encompassed every moment of the amazing King King discography tonight with the added delight of new tracks that we will grow to love as much as Old Love Alan’s signature song as the guitar falls quieter and quieter most of the audience stays silent but there always has to be one whose conversation is their centre of attention but that is unfortunately the negative part of the live music experience. We loved singing along we loved being King King’s echo we wanted more but Sunday curfew won the day. Tonight King King Rocked the roof of The Globe in Cardiff, catch them live on the tour you will not be disappointed this is a knock-out; sell-out tour so get those coveted tickets now! TOUR DATES

Blue Rocky Quirky… Good Music 2014 Blues On The Farm

530586_10151220959912724_204957856_n Blues On The Farm                               Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd June 2014

Blues On The Farm, is a wonderful festival that mixes the music up, we have artists from overseas, headline acts and bands we all know some we love others not quiet our cup of tea! then into this delicious mix of delights every year they add some bands that are just plain quirky. The winning mix is like a jug of Pimms full of fruity textures, the hit of alcohol, sweetness of lemonade and the shock of ice on our teeth…..

I missed the two Thursday  but they were a great way of starting this wonderful festival with Antionio Forcioni with Sarah Jane Morris starting the festival fun, followed by The Big Chris Barber Band (unfortunately without Chris Barber who had broken his ankle) but the show went on.

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As I arrived on the Friday for the start of my festival experience I was greeted with a harmonious mix hot sunshine, well stocked beer tent, that also included tempting and refreshing jugs of Pimms, delicious food, interesting and colourful stalls from Blacksmith through to CD’s and the instantly recognisable guitar chords of Robin Bibi. A great start to three days of wall to wall entertainment, you had the choice of sitting relaxing in the sun and letting the music drift over you or getting up close and personal with the bands in the marquee.

Friday was a day of contrasts from Robin and his band playing blues with heart and soul bring SRV to Chichester, through to the full Southern Rock/Blues/World music of Royal Southern Brotherhood. Opening with Robin Bibi and his band set the tone that was to be the overarching theme for the weekend was going to be quality from the first to last note. Robin delivered a set that was full of favourites and the blues swelled across the grounds as Robin played guitar as if he meant business full of fluency and solo’s that were just the right length; everyone was delighted as he left the stage and played his magic of the blues close and personal.

The first act from U.S.A. Lisa Mills with her regular partner in music on the Double Bass, a harmonious combination Read all about it in Over Atlantic

LaVendore Rogue With a quick stage change and the opportunity to top up our glasses and catch some of the sun then the first powerful chords of LaVendore Rogue were heard across the festival; I was really looking forward to hearing this band live. The bedrock of the band is a trio of musical compatriots who were part of the popular Hokie Joint who believed in doing it differently. So we still had JoJo Burgess up front on vocals, stage right Joel Fisk on guitar and the ever mercurial drummer at the back Steve “Cupsey” Cutmore. The addition of a keyboard player Warren Lynn and Rob “Tank” Barry on Bass to the trio gives the required depth of sound and adds colour and texture to the music being created. Jo Jo’s story-telling provides a meaningful and entertaining intro into each track, they all have a story to tell and then there is the very special stage persona combined with powerful vocals; and Joel’s guitar playing shines through clear as he shreds up the tracks and pumps up the volume. LaVendore Rogue are definitely not a re-making of Hokie Joint this is a band determined to drive a new groove rockier a little bit Rock N’ Roll with a bit of death and voodoo magic added… a 21st century sound that will not be silenced or pigeon-holed into the blues they want to be heard in venues across the land, and so they should good music like this deserves to be heard.

Another popular act strode onto stage Hamilton Loomis with his band from the U.S.A creating a feel good atmosphere with a musical tone the complete opposite to the previous act. Like Lisa Mills, Bluesdoodles has reviewed this already so click for the link

No wonder the tent was filling fast and the crush at the front full of excitement as many had come dressed and ready for this act this was the reason they were at The Farm tonight, as the next up is the ever popular British Boogie-woogie larger than life full of energy Mike Sanchez whose fingers fly across the keys. Great musicians in his 6-piece outfit featuring Tom Bull on guitar, bassist Nick Whitfield (both Tom and Nick hail from Leicester’s Drugstore Cowboys), Mike’s long-term drummer Mark Morgan, Nick Lunt on baritone sax (Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) and Martin Winning on tenor sax (Van Morrison); a loud cheer and warm welcome was given to his wife Sarah when she joined the band to sing a a couple of numbers and the happiness and love flowed from the stage and into the night air! The evening hummed with rock ‘n’ roll and blues with medley of our favourites given that Mike Sanchez treatment. We even had a change on the double bass as Ian Jennings gave Nick a rest and took over the roll… Rockabilly was king of the tent tonight. This created a great atmosphere in preparation for the Headline act The Royal Southern Brotherhood from U.S.A They also had a special guest join the Hamilton Loomis we had a real festival feel the set was superb.. see Bluesdoodles review Headline Acts… They certainly were the delicious cherry on top of a musical pie full of textures and delights as the music faded away the crowds left with the music of Royal Southern Brotherhood and the title tracks flowing through there head from their latest album heartbloodsoul what a musical Friday.

The longest day was going to bring a mix of sounds with an intriguing line-up another exciting line-up starting off with solo artist Devenport and ending with King King bringing their exciting version of the blues into the mix. Such an appropriate act for a sultry summers afternoon with his laid back charm and rootsy Americana style as his vocals and guitar combined to make you want to listen I loved the track Elouise. This is a difficult slot with people arriving greeting each other, but he managed this well through his easy engagement with the crowds with his tales and comments and music you wanted to sit back listen to and relax…. The next act up were a real contrast Toy Hearts a four piece no drums with at its core a family trio of sisters Hannah (vocals and mandolin) and Sophia (guitar and vocals) together with their father Stewart (Banjo, Dobro, Steel) and an honorary Uncle on Bass; creating an afternoon party feel with their take on western swing blues. The sound was very addictive, foot tapping let’s dance sound with lots of change in pace that meant everyone was smiling and saying this is so perfect for a sunny afternoon. The track Stutter Blues and others from their album Whiskey and others from Flyin’ Too High including Cindy Walkers, Baby That Sure Would Go Good. I particularly enjoyed their rendition of St James Infirmary this is definitely a feel good act.
Next up, unexpectedly, were the Midnight Ramble a six piece from Liverpool who stepped in as Federal Charm were awaiting for the AA to bring the broken van and themselves to the festival. This young band certainly knew how to deliver and along with the Jar Family who played on Sunday were my finds of the weekend. The vocalist Paul Dunbar could belt out a song and the musicianship of the band was superb with some great timing nothing seemed rushed and the addition of a sax and trumpet added another dimension. I would describe them as a raw, full of potential and intriguing mix of early King King with the vocals of Ian Siegal in his younger days. South Paw Billie and Lions were two great live sounds and having heard their CD they are good in the studio; into the mix of their own numbers they interspersed classics of which they did a fine version of Sam Cooke’s Bring It On Home To Me. To assist the festival and fill in the time as we waited for Federal Charm a longer encore and then Paul with guitar and his delicious vocals played on delivering a couple of solo numbers. The Midnight Ramble acquired a new set of fans who wanted to take some of the magic home with them. This is a band full of potential and hoping that the 2015 festival season see this band on many more stages across the U.K. and beyond.

With that Federal Charm arrived and dashed on the stage quick sound check and they were off, hitting the ground running delivering their brand of high-octane fueled rock with a twist of blues. They played fast and hard including a cover of Led Zepplins Nobody’s Fault But Mine, they are a really good band but there is still plenty of stagecraft and that skill of knowing when to slow it down still to be learnt. The two guitarists, Nick Bowden and Paul Bowe create completely different sounds and the interplay between them works really well they are a real crowd pleaser and gaining a following my favourite was when they slowed it down a bit for a slow bluesy track really showing the skills and the way the two guitars interplay was superb.

The Blues Band on next had the tent full of excited fans who wanted to get up close and great and chat with the band, there were many staunch and loyal friends arriving to see this act. There is no argument that tonight everyone loved to hear Paul Jones play the blues. They are consummate professionals and can always be relied upon to deliver the goods, the set tonight had a biography/anthology theme an opportunity for all the old numbers to be heard turning back the years for many with tracks like Talk To Me Baby, they left the audience very satisfied and the energy levels went up again as the young guns British Blues Award winning band King King stepped on to the stage, to bring Saturday to the close. This headline act, came, Played and conquered even more fans tonight… the skies on this longest day were still not inky black as the last chord died away. Bluesdoodles reviewed King King in Headlines Saturday was a day of contrasts the stand-out acts for me were Midnight Ramble and King King they both in their own way took control of stage and festival a delivered quality at Blues on The Farm 2014.

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Sunday saw seven acts, they all had one thing in common they were determined that everyone should have a good time listening to some great music. Opening the final day of the sunny festival was Electric Revelators featuring The Revelettes, they delivered to an appreciative crowd traditional delta blues Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson this was the first festival performance of this recently reformed group, with Gordon ‘Slim Blues’ Wride and Simon Gregory joined by the Revellettes Carol Edwards adding to the vocals with a lovely vocals and Joanne Phillips bringing a percussive beat to the group. They certainly got the growing crowd into the mood for the next act Stomp and Holler who stamped a distinctive beat to the proceedings; this is a band I had been looking forward to hearing live after reviewing their album, Groove Grease and they certainly cut a dash in there co-ordinated colour matching outfits in turquoise and black. I wasn’t disappointed with the combination of lively colourful musicianship great interplay between the members and the opening track of ‘Crazy Up Here’ really set the scene. We had a real mix of instruments, flute, sax, accordion, trumpet. Bass, keys, drums and guitar, no one sound dominated as they delivered an eclectic mix that blended and turned into the Stomp and Holler musical shape, jazz, blues and folk and layered on top of that was a mix of four good voices. The band was obviously really enjoying playing the music in a style they love this bonhomie was infectious, as they paraded through the crowd with Sax, trumpet and the freedom boot, a great band that can really deliver what they say on the tin.. You might say how do you follow all that festival excitement …easy says Julian Mores as The Jar Family filled the stage. This band of men from Hartlepool refuse to have the music contained in a single jar! The music will not be captured in a single phrase though the describe themselves as Industrial Folk, they may be quirky, may not be blues but they are most definitely a band delivering great music. The sound they produce is brash, in your face they want to be noticed and noticed they were with the melding and twisting and reinventing mix of folk, country and the underlining hum of the blues, one thing for certain they are unique, there are similarities to the Oysterband. All the songs were hard-hitting lyrical carried by a tuneful melody ‘You Took My Money; ‘Pay It Back’; this is collective of a band with no real lead vocalist or guitarist as they all took turns, swapped instruments this interchanging could have been anarchic mayhem but it wasn’t because they knew which track who had centre stage and the rest stepped back and support with this colourful music visually and aurally a delight. The self-penned lyrics were strong and introduced a new song ‘The World’s too Fast For Us’ what a band the time on the stage dashed by and far too soon they were leaving, this is a band that deserves a really high-profile on the music scene brimming with talent, stage craft and delivering a full and interesting sound.

Now up the volume Moreland & Arbuckle the last of the quartet of acts from across the pond creating out of the bedrock of rootsy sound that has blended and melded blues, Southern rock a twist of psychedelia producing quality music; reviewed in bluesdoodles.

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Next up were The Swing Commanders who turned the marquee into a barn dance, good to see Julian and his team relaxing as they joined in the fun. The Swing Commando’s bought the first fiddle of the festival and the only Disney tune with a swinging version of Talk Like You from the Jungle Book. They bought some swing to the festival as the shadows lengthened, and the dancers danced and swung their hips in time with th big band sound bring more variety to this festival of delights. Change of mood and tempo with award-winning Babajack with the full band tonight as the skies began to darken. and delivered as expected leaving a lot of people satisfied and happy as Becky &Trevor weaved their magic and delivered blues that re-charges the songs of Leadbelly and explores a deeper past from Africa with the addition of some gorgeous drumming from Tosh Murase and bass from Adam Bertenshaw. The skills of the band are immense and the delivery and timing and mutual understanding is gained by the amount of gigs and festivals they perform at. This is a real 3D sound that they produce whether self penned numbers such as The Running Man full of dark foreboding of the must have track on the set list their version Gallows Pole this is their signature number it now belongs to them. It was yet another wonderful set from Babajack full of authenticity and originality they make the blues sing.

Oh No all too soon it was the last act a headline act from France Big Dez see Bluesdoodles Headlines This band bought blues that could only please and a fitting end to another Blues On the Farm.

It is the variety that makes this festival a delight they bring you good music year after year what ever the weather the stand out acts for me were Midnight Ramble, Stomp and Holler The Jar Family, The Royal Southern Brotherhood and King King.. I love festivals where you hear new music and find new bands you want to follow so thank you Julian and the team for introducing me to Midnight Ramble and The Jar Family two acts I recommend you look out for and enjoy.

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Headline Acts @ Blues On The Farm 2014

530586_10151220959912724_204957856_nBlues on the Farm ~ The Headliners
Friday 20th June – Royal Southern Brotherhood
Saturday 21st June – King King
Sunday 22nd June 2014 – Big Dez


Friday night the crowds had been fed a diet if superb music and as the sky darkened the anticipation was electric as everyone waited for Royal Southern Brotherhood to step on the stage.

Royal - Southern Brotherhood - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0774lThis was for many the first opportunity that they have had to hear the band live and at Blues On The Farm you could get right up close to see the action and interaction between the five musicians on-stage. On drums the dynamic, energetic talented Grammy award-winning Yonrico Scott, Royal - Southern Brotherhood - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0822lhe has played with an array of artists that read like a Who’s Who of the musical lexicon of the twentieth century including Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., The Allman Brothers Band, Susan Tedeschi, Gregg Allman, The Supremes, and The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. His drumming is a loose jazzy style that provides a bedrock of sounds and freedom that allows the drums to ebb and flow through and over the music in perfect time. Strengthening the rhythm section on bass is Louisiana born Charlie WoottonRoyal - Southern Brotherhood - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0807l who when not playing with RSB, like all five of them, has his own projects, and his bass solo mesmerised the crowds with the dexterity and tonal reach of his bass playing as he danced his fingers up the fret board and danced around the stage. Up front and lean are the trio of grammy award winner Cyril NevilleRoyal - Southern Brotherhood - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0697l (Vocals & percussion) bringing to this music fest that is RSB style, panache and some Southern Soul that so personified The Meters where he backed the music and poetry of his brother Art; the guitarist Royal - Southern Brotherhood - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0808lMike Zito who brings inventive guitar work as the guitar and him become one flowing with music, passion and fire; and the lead guitarist and vocalist Devon Allman,Royal - Southern Brotherhood - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0914l making the Gibson sing bringing stunning blues rock guitar evoking sounds from the past with a twist of modernity solo’s that bring the whole band into a homogeneous whole. The set included numbers from their own albums and the latest RSB album Heartsoulblood. The highlights of this stunning set were Magic Honey with Cyrille’s vocals made the crowd hold their collective breath not wishing the track to end; Running Water; ‘Groove On
Royal - Southern Brotherhood - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0886lDuring the set there was the guest appearance of Hamilton Loomis who brought his blues harp to the jam and generating a real party atmosphere on the stage as the Blues on the Farm temperature rose. The encore included the re-working of Rush’s famous and instantaneously recognised track Working Man; wow is the only word to sum up this varied multi-textured sound from a band that is full of virtuoso musicians. These are individual musicians who independently have created solo albums and albums with other groups, they know how to ply their trade and what could be a clash of ego’s is in fact a collective who respect and value what everyone brings to the sound that is Royal Southern Brotherhood, creating great music that is fresh and lively and a joy to listen to.

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King King - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0249lSaturday, longest day of the year and the sky was dimmed rather than darkened as King King British Blues Award winning Band, were announced by Julian Moores, the crowd erupted as the ever popular frontman in a kilt Alan Nimmo who lights any festival fire entered the stage, with tonight on wurlitzer Hammond Organ the Dutchman Bob FridzemaKing King - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0072l who also provided backing vocals along with Wayne Proctor who provides the rocky Blues drumming that sets the tone of the band no wonder he has won British Blues Awards, combined with bassist King King - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0015lLindsay Coulson this is the platform that allows Alan to stand out front showcasing his wonderful vocals and guitar skills that leave you hanging on every note. It is no wonder that in many people’s eyes they are Britain’s best blues band, delivering polished performance of quality blues playing they do just keep getting better and better. The set included many of the numbers from their latest CD Standing in The Shadows interspersed with what have become King King classics that the fans expect. There was no standing in the shadow as they lifted the roof of the marquee and Alan engaged with the lively Saturday night audience who had enjoyed the hot day in the sun sampling the renowned delights of the famous BOTF beer tent. From the current album another fine live rendition of the Scottish rock singer-songwriter Frankie Miller’s, Jealousy that leaves the spine tingling as Alan pours buckets of emotional tension into the vocals and through the guitar strings along with two other fantastic tracks that were highlights for me A Long History of Love with vocals and award-winning Wayne ProctorKing King - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0079l drumming that shows the journey and Alan’s vocals ebb and flow like a tidal wave of lyrical out-pourings that are picked up and reflected back by his guitar and the keys this song could go on all night and the audience would still be delighted and Can’t Keep From Trying. Alan makes his guitar weep the performance is always super-charged as he represents an array of feelings from despair to confusion and the musicians around him build on this so that the atmosphere of the live music sound is taut with everybody’s collective reaction to the experiences they have gone through. Added into the mix were tracks fans in the audience just want to hear including Heart Without a Soul and Old Love which he did and he even with a master class in crowd control got the excited festival crowd to quieten down so that as the sound went down the magic went up. What a finale to the longest day of 2014 as the notes died away the crowd dispersed knowing first light was only a few hours away and another day and another headliner beckoned for the festival.

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Big Dez - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0023lSunday’s last act, last headline of 2014 the hours of Blues of The Farm 2014 were few… still there is next year and the festival ended on a high note with French band Big Dez. The only band I had not seen live or even heard a CD so was looking forward to what they had to offer. This six-piece played with a style that refused to be boxed in yes, Phil Fernandez on guitar more than doff’s his hat at Albert Collins combined with vocals that were easy on the ear and delivered a real electric blues sound. They delivered a set that echoes their latest album Wet Paint, that covers a palette of blues styles so they retain your interest and on stage with him were Big Dez - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0048lBala Pradal on keys and Marc Schaeller (blues-harp) and on rhythm & slide guitar Big Dez - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0019lRodolphe Dumont; the back line consisted of Bruno Maurin BassBig Dez - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0025l and Karim Bouazza on drums Big Dez - Friday - Blues On The Farm - June 2014_0012lproviding solidity and ensured every track had shape and form. Big Dez is out front with his spectacular guitar work full of control and hidden depths of passion and a voice that carries the lyrics. The set was a mix of styles and was not just an opportunity to sell is latest CD, his seventh with the band, who ply their trade, with selection of tracks from their various albums, including Anywhere Please from their 2009 album Late Live!; released the same year as with sponsorship of Blues Sur Seine, the band represented France at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Big Dez is full of blues energy that sparks between him and the band and the excellent rhythm guitarist Rod has the skill to spark off the guitar work of Big Dez and add layers of musical interest. Plying their trade around Paris they have developed a style that will not be boxed in this is not Blues set in aspic there is an open door in which they have welcomed funk, jazz and soul combined with lyrics that are full of wistfulness, regret and yearning a perfect cocktail that is Big Dez and French electric blues swizzled and stirred with Texan style and Chicago Ice they deliver self penned numbers that have licks and chords that makes the mouth water. The hardy festival goers left happy with the blues but left wanting more so come back and do a few more festivals blues of this calibre deserves to be heard blues numbers that included Lazy Star, You Can Smile,Ace Up Your Sleeve and a great version of Booker T’s Green Onions.

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So the headliners from over the Pond, British award-winning band and from across the channel and did the festival proud with three different acts showing that blues is open to musical interpretations that all have one thing in common they play with your emotions and deliver great music leaving you wanting more.

King King – Standing In The Shadows ~ CD Review

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Standing In The Shadows
Manhaton Records

Second albums like follow-up novels can be problematic, King King definitely have climbed the mountain and hit the ground running with the opening track ‘More Than I Can Take’ and definitely are not Standing in The Shadows of the last album. This is an album produced with empathy so that the live sound that is integral to King King is retained. It is the sharpening refining all the talent that Alan Nimmo brings to the party with his soulful voice that melts your resistance and draws you into the music delivered by his blistering guitar work. The long low bass line that is Lindsay Coulson, who co-writes many of the tracks with Alan, combined with Wayne Procter on drums who allow alsn’s talents are to blossom and shine through. This trio produces a wonderful sound but King King are not complete without the funky passionate, sometimes manic, keyboard style of the effervescent Bennett Holland. The four members intermesh the sound to build layers, but it is the lyrics and Alan’s vocals that are king.

This is an album that showcases every track, I was hooked from the first track with its rhythm driven top line with a twist of funk and a whole basket of music ‘More Than I can Take’ is a perfectly formed number that introduces the listener to all the talents of this award winning band. There is confidence in the lyrics, with the soulful emotional remorse of ‘Taken What’s Mine’ where Alan’s superlative guitar work in a master class of a guitar solo. Change of tempo with a seven minute version of ‘A Long History of Love’, the journey is of love’s trials and tribulations making “…him a better man somehow…”, Bennett Holland’s keyboards add that mournful drive that moves the song along and a beautiful duo between guitar and keyboards makes this track stand out and shine so that despite its length you want it to go on so we have a happy ending to the journey. The two covers on the album bring the King King magic to fellow Scotsman Frankie Miller’s ‘Jealousy’ that is full of torment emotions the vocals drip with raw emotions that touch the soul. The second cover, Free’s ‘Heavy Load’, wow what a soulful rendition of the excellent Paul Rogers’ lyrics you are left hanging on to the notes as the piano fades away. Then the tempo picks up with a lighter track ‘Let Love In’ full of positivity and the lyrics are full of promise and the guitar playing open and free as your feet start tapping, great way of ending this emotionally charged album. Every track on Standing In The Shadows is a measure of the depth of true talent that is King King the sound is distinctive and approach to each song is undeniably emotionally bound up with the lyrics, the instruments then reflect back the emotion building the tension and keeping you entranced.
download (5)Looking forward to album number 3 as Bluesdoodles gives this CD out of TEN doodle paws a doodle rating of

NINE and a Half ……… pawprint half inch

Catch them live:- in Germany, France, 20th June 2014 Big Wheels Blues Festival, Isle Of Man, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and 29th August 2014 Weyfest, Farnham and 30th August The Garage Swansea…. Keep checking their website as dates keep being added.

King King @ The Flowerpot, Derby – 27th April 2013

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The Flowerpot, Derby is a brilliant venue that combines some fantastic real ales with exceptional live music acts that appeal to the crowds that turn up to be entertained. King King, the main act of the evening, were supported by a young band Devlin Blue who hail from Lincoln, and are currently studying music in Guildford. They are a talented trio who delivered mainly self-penned rocky numbers with a hint of blues, but what makes them stand-out from the crowd is the combination of the lead taken by the bass player who had a lovely voice supported by Dave Devlin who played excellent lead guitar, showing the potential skills in this raw but exciting new band.

Then King King raised the temperature and Alan Nimmo was on fire tonight producing the exciting guitar work combined with the great interaction with his band his regular rhythm section Lindsay Coulson (Bass) and Wayne Proctor (Drums); and tonight Bob Fridzema (Keys) together delivering an accomplished mix of the trademark King King heavy blues sound and the venue was buzzing from the off. Kicking off this musical magical mystery ride was the ever popular ‘Don’t You Get The Feeling (You’ve Been Had)’ followed quickly by the first track from their much acclaimed second album, ‘Standing in The Shadows‘, ‘Long History of Love‘. As ever the whole evening was an accomplished performance from a band who can be depended on to deliver, track after track of glorious blues with an edge of jazz and funk; no wonder they are so popular, with the voice, rhythm and great banter making the show inclusive and such fun. It is Alan as the Red kilted Glaswegian that binds the group together and his chatter delights the crowds, as typified by his vocals on Frankie Miller’s ‘Jealousy‘; a quite brilliant rendition of and a fitting tribute to the great man. The crowd responded to the great music commenting “Class Act” and they “Just gets better”

As ever included in the set was one of their signature tracks, ‘Old Love‘ but tonight King King was joined by Dave Devlin; who matched Nimmo at every riff and the crowd watched on spell-bound as they saw this young man shine and Alan so willing to share the limelight of the moment as the sound was taken down to near silence and the chords plucked on the electric guitars; everyone will remember it was at The Flowerpot; courtesy of Raw Promotions that they heard this raw young talent play with Alan Nimmo.

All too soon it was goodnight Derby; then the encore and a great cover version of Heavy Load; during this great version, if you closed your eyes you would be forgiven for thinking that the combination of Paul Rogers and Paul Kosoff were on stage; but no once again it was Alan Nimmo and King King delivering what they do best quality. Like all good acts they left the crowds wanting more and they are assured of another packed house when they return to Derby.

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